Tyson Barrie completed his seventh NHL season in 2017-18, all so far with the Avalanche. Despite being one of the most tenured players on the team, the defenseman is still just 26.


Among NHL defensemen who posted 50 or more points this past season, only Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson had a better points-per-game average than Tyson Barrie’s 0.84 (Karlsson’s was 0.87). If not for missing 14 games, from Dec. 23-Jan. 30 with a fractured bone in his right hand, the native of Victoria, B.C. might have had a shot at taking the league scoring title for D-men, which ultimately went to Washington’s John Carlson.

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.